Support North End Holiday Street Decorations

Holiday street decorations are in the making as the North End Beautification Committee (NEBC) is undergoing a financial campaign to dress up the neighborhood for the upcoming festive season.

NEBC is a community based volunteer organization that is seeking to preserve and add to the beauty of the historic North End through creative and innovated enhancements throughout the area.

North End/Waterfront businesses, organizations and residents should consider supporting this holiday season endeavor. Any kind of donation would be helpful in obtaining this goal.

Make checks payable to: The North End Beautification Committee and mail to 100 Fulton Street 4-V, Boston, MA 02109.

Basketball Clinic teaches basics

Once again, the Nazzaro Community Center has organized a terrific Basketball Instructional program in conjunction with the North End Athletic Association.

The program is designed for young boys and girls who either have very little or no basketball experience.

The clinic teachers the fundamentals of dribbling, passing, shooting and defense in a very informal, non-competitive setting. Clinic shirts are given to each participant.

Providing recreational activities to the youth of the neighborhood is extremely important and the Center is the King of the Hill when it comes to organizing youth programming.

JR: A Man for all Seasons

One of the founding members and longtime President of North End Against Drugs (NEAD) John Romano has decided to leave the community agency to spend more time with his family.

Roman has been with NEAD for 23 years and has left his mark on the neighborhood as a person who gets things accomplished, especially during his years as the leader of the group that has provided educational information through all sorts of activities and programs regarding the dangers of alcohol and drugs and the affects they have on families.

Commonly called “JR”, the former North Ender has helped put NEAD on the map as a creditable agency with real goals that were accomplished. JR put his heart and soul into NEAD and did an outstanding job taking the group to new heights and total recognition by the neighborhood it serves.

Romano was also President of the North End Music and Performing Arts Center and did a terrific job there as well.

He has spent uncountable hours making these community agencies excel in a positive manner.

There is some good news in all of this. JR will remain with the North End Athletic Association (NEAA) as its baseball coordinator and soccer league director.

Born and raised in the North End, JR has never forgotten his roots as evident by his many accomplishments in the neighborhood, especially in leadership roles.

He is truly “A Man for all Seasons” and like the Post Office, nothing stops JR from delivering.

Downtown Waterfront planning needs community input

A request has been made to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) by the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association Zoning, Licensing and Construction Committee to have the community well represented on the potential forming of a Municipal Harbor Plan Advisory Committee for the Downtown Waterfront Plan, which must comply with state environmental regulations.

To date, the BRA has not yet defined the public process, schedule or advisory group that will oversee the establishment of a new zoning for the defined public Greenway corridor which includes portions of the North End district along Cross Street, from Atlantic Avenue to Endicott Street.

Any citizens advisory group that will guide and support the City’s planning process and decisions should have some sort of neighborhood representation.

A sensible selection would be to have one representative from the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council, the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association and the North End Chamber of Commerce.

The community’s elected officials, Senator Anthony Petruccelli, Representative Aaron Michlewitz and Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina should be involved in the selection process and the final decision plans.